Study of a Girl
Morton Schamberg
Study of a Girl

Gallery N
American Paintings and Sculpture

Morton Schamberg's Study of a Girl (left) and Maurer's Autumn, both in Gallery N, are two examples of American Fauvism before the Armory Show. Schamberg offered his own explanation of post-impressionism in the Philadelphia Enquirer in a January 1913 article on the upcoming exhibition in the Armory: "Now the first fact to be firmly established is the difference between a picture and a work of art . . . It is not the business of the artist to imitate or represent nature. Art is creative, or rather, interpretive . . . pure plastic art has only to do with sensuous pleasure—that which is pleasureable to the sense of vision" (Wolf 27). Alfred Maurer, who assisted Kuhn and Davies when they were in Paris collecting works for the show, was not championed by Alfred Stieglitz as many other American Modernists were but was nonetheless shown at '291' with the other members of the New Society of American Artists and in a two-person show with Marin in 1909 (Homer 87). Maurer's work was also shown at New York's Folsom Gallery in January of 1912, just before the Armory Show, and was loosely identified as a post-Impressionist in the New York Globe by Hutchins Hapgood.


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